It’s imperative that we find the funding to protect our sons and daughters from a virus that is a silent killer. This is not just a girls issue. It is vital that we protect our boys from catching and spreading the disease to young women in the future. The virus remains inactive for many years and usually affects people ten to fifteen years down the line – typically when they are responsible grown ups and ready to start a family.
There is a lot of unjust prejudice about HPV. You don’t have to be sleeping around with lots of people to catch this virus. It is incredibly common and a huge majority of people will already have a strain of the virus after sleeping with just one person. Most strains are inactive and not harmful but sadly some strains lead to abnormal cells changes and if left unchecked and untreated, cancers can occur.
“Roughly half of adult males in the US are infected with HPV. Some strains, passed along to women through sexual contact, can cause cervical cancer. HPV can also increase the likelihood of penile or anal cancer in men, and can cause genital warts.
The FDA has already approved the vaccine for boys. But the CDC is still deliberating over whether boys should get it. A significant decision in the process is expected at a meeting next month. There are some public health cost concerns for this, since the immediate benefit for boys isn’t as clear as for girls and the vaccine is expensive. But if the point of any vaccine is to eradicate a major health risk, vaccinating boys would actually make it far more efficient.
Vaccinating boys might also help mitigate some of the irrational stigmatizing of the vaccine. The past couple of weeks have shown how far you can get talking about government injections of little girls allegedly initiating them into sex. For better or worse, there’s hardly the same societal concern for boys.
Dr. Rodney Willoughby of the American Academy of Pediatrics told The Huffington Post, “Measles used to kill one out of 150 kids. Getting rid of measles, getting rid of polio, those rank up there among some of the major medical advances of the 20th century. Likewise, HPV is a highly fatal virus that kills one out of a thousand people, so why wouldn’t you get rid of it if you can?”
Our children need protected from this virus. It is fruitless to pretend that in the future our precious children will remain virgins. Let’s be proactive and protect the next generation. Let’s protect our own children’s babies from losing a parent to a cancer that could have been prevented.
This extract was taken from the very fabulous website http://intentious.com/